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When, therefore, the layman puts all these things together and observes that the teachers of wisdom and dispensers of happiness are themselves in great want1 but exact only a small fee from their students, that they are on the watch for contradictions in words2 but are blind to inconsistencies in deeds, and that, furthermore, they pretend to have knowledge of the future

1 See the close of the Isoc. 4.

2 The aim of “eristic” ( ἕρις means contention) is to show up the contradictions in the accepted morality.

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